Grand Valley State University Women's Center

Resources and What We Can Do

Take simple steps to practice sustainable living:

  • Shop Fair Trade – visit The Bridge in Holland or Global Infusion in Grand Rapids. Many online stores also exist.
  • Buy Locally – Find a farmers market or co-op to join, buy from those in the local area and promote healthy eating as well as producing practices
  • Reduce your Carbon Footprint - Find out how at www.whatsmycarbonfootprint.com, carpool and support public transportation
  • Unplug your Appliances – It may seem simple, but it lowers your bills and saves energy.
  • Get Involved in your Community – Start/Join a Community Garden
  • Promote Sustainable Policies – Encourage your politicians to pass sustainable laws, such as fair trade promotion, or safer health/working standards.
  • STAY EDUCATED

Women’s Health and the Environment, provides toolkits on the issues, what you can do personally as well as what we as a community can do. Download them at http://womenshealthandenvironment.org

Articles and Information can be found at any of the following Websites:

Womenshealthandenvironment.org (Women’s Health and the Environment Homepage)

Cwpe.org (Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment Homepage)

Wedo.org (Women’s Environment and Development Organization Homepage)

Madre.com

Ecoworldly.com

Fairtradefederation.com (Fair Trade Federation Homepage)

Oxfam.org

Just a Few Authors/Books on Women and the Environment:

(many are available through the GVSU Libraries Website)

Sandra Steingraber – Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment, Post-Diagnosis

Wangari Maathai – Unbowed: A Memoir

Vandana Shiva – Water Wars, Stolen Harvest, Close to Home

Karen Warren – Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature, Ecofeminist Philosophy

Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva – Ecofeminism

Rachel Carson- Silent Spring

Ewa Charkiewicz – Women, the Environment and Sustainable Development: Towards Theoretical Synthesis

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